The 10th edition of the Marrakech International Film Festival will have a total of 15 films in their official competition this year, fronted by Malcolm Venville's "Henry's Crime," which will serve as the opening night film. Among the films in competition - which include Feo Aladag's "When We Leave," Talal Selhami's "Mirages," and Phillip Seymour Hoffman's "Jack Goes Boating" - ten are debut features.
In addition to the official competition, headed by John Malkovich as the President of the Jury, the festival will also screen a number of French films as part of their Tribute to French Cinema series. Martin Scorsese will be on hand to kick off the 75 film retrospective on December 4th. French stars slated to appear at the ceremony include Catherine Deneuve, Guillaume Canet, Christophe Lambert, Sophie Marceau, Charlotte Rampling and Vincent Perez.
This year will also see the festival launching its first short film contest for students of Moroccan Cinema Institutes and Schools. A crop of the ten most creative short films will screen, and one film will be awarded the Grand Prize, with a 300.000 dirham Prize dolled out on behalf of Prince Moulay Rachid, President of the International Film Festival of Marrakech Foundation. The money is exclusively dedicated to the making of a second short film.
The festival runs from December 3 - 11.